Police said yesterday 30 people involved in the unrest were arrested by Operation Lockdown members, while the bodies of two people - a 32-year-old female and an unknown male - were recovered inside the looted store.
Police spokesperson Andrè Traut said: “Police intervention saw a total of 25 people arrested for looting a local chain grocery store, where extensive damage was caused.
‘‘Several smaller shops were also targeted by protesting community members. An additional five people were arrested for being in possession of groceries and a deep freezer when houses were searched in the area.
“The suspects are all due to make their respective court appearances in Athlone this week. During the protest action, two fatalities were reported.